12.30 pm – 5.00 pm Annual School Registration;
Worcester University City Campus, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3AS
Check in at the Halls of Residence from 2pm.
There is a room where left luggage can be stored until you return from your tour.
Study Tours all depart from the Halls of Residence but some tours can be met later at different locations. Start times vary to provide options for those who plan to arrive later and each start time is given below.Please only book tours you know you can arrive in time to make.
Leaves from Halls of Residence at 2:00People Power in the Eighteenth Century Hospitals, subscriptions and staff
1767 drawing of the front elevation
Inside the Jenny Lind Chapel, built c1850
Boardroom with the over mantle explaining this was the room in which The British Medical Association (BMA) was founded.
Leaves from Halls of Residence at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00
The CathedralB. Stone yard & the Edgar Tower
Leaves from Halls of Residence at 2:30
Tour of Diglis Basin and Lock Island - the canal, basin and river which was the significant means of transport for Worcester’s industrial products before the railways.
These are interesting conservation locations at a variety of stages of renovation from the basin where change is completed running through the Oil Basin where it is an ongoing process and the lock island where it is at the preliminary discussions stage.
Each presents a different set of challenged with, undoubtedly, the island being the most challenging because of flood and access issues.
Tour leaders: David Viner, heritage advisor at Glandŵr Cymru (The Canal & River Trust in Wales) and Audrey O'Connor, Senior Framework Heritage Adviser at the Canal & River Trust.
Leaves from Halls of Residence at 6.00pm
6.30 pm Tours of the Old Palace
7.00 pm Reception at the Old Palace & drinks
7.15 pm Welcome from the Bishop, West Midlands Branch and IHBC
7.30 pm Drinks and food
The Old Palace was the official residence of the Bishop of Worcester until 1842. The building was sold in 1846 to the Dean and Chapter and used as the Deanery. Later it became a Church House club and Diocesan Offices. Along with the Cathedral, it is the oldest building in Worcester, indeed there was a bishop living here before there was a King of England. The Old Palace also has many royal associations including Queen Elizabeth I who kept her Court at the Bishop's Palace in Worcester for seven days in 1575. King Charles I stayed briefly in 1644 and James II stayed at the Palace in 1687. The Old Palace became a Grade I listed building in 1954.
|8:45-9:45||Registration, Refreshments & Business displays|
|9.45||Welcome: Setting the Scene
David McDonald, IHBC President, Chair for the morning session
Session A: Past – Conservation as Action and Reaction
This opening session looks at where conservation has come from and assesses where we have got to now. From its origins in antiquarianism we will take a whistlestop tour of changing attitudes to our shared built heritage, from William Morris and Alois Riegl, via the Baedeker raids and the Euston Arch, to the Venice, Burra and Nara Charters. This tour will examine the changing relationship between the conservation world and the wider public, central to which is the perennial question of ‘Whose heritage is it anyway’?
|10.00||Vox pop film clips. How I got into conservation|
|10.10||Conservation as a Reaction Nigel Walter, Archangel Architects
From which academic reflection develops policy and subsequent action is developed by key people. Origins in 17th century, Riegl, ICOMOS Venice, Burra, Nara etc; Post WW2 reaction.
Session B: The Challenges Before Us
|10.40||Keynote Address Loyd Grossman
Overview of the big issues and challenges facing the Heritage Sector in the very different funding environment and economic priorities of the twenty teens and twenty twenties.
|Break for coffee, networking and business displays & stands|
Session C: Who's City is it Anyway?
|11.40||Issues around 'People Power' James Simpson (Architect) and Euan Leitch, (Director of BEFS - Built Environment Forum Scotland)
A general consideration of 'People Power' and linked issues in the context of a current case study of a planning controversy relating to the St James Centre proposals in Edinburgh and their wider and longer term implication.
|12.20||Q & A|
|12.35||Introduction to 2017 School|
Refreshments, and a chance to network and view the stands
Session D: Present – People Power as a Change Driver
People as Champions, Community engagement, Volunteers
Mike Brown, IHBC Chair, Chair for the afternoon session
|14.00||Communities regenerating historic churches – CCT’s experiences
Matthew McKeague, Churches Conservation Trust, Head of Regeneration
|14.30||Made possible with volunteers David Viner & Audrey O’Connor Canal & Rivers Trust|
|14.50||Not the graveyard slot Sarah Hayes
The Coffin Works invigorated by social media
|15.10||Expertise and activism: Valuing inclusivity within the heritage sector Rebecca Madgin, Senior Lecturer in Urban Development and Management at University of Glasgow
Rebecca will draw on two recent Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded research projects entitled ‘How should heritage decisions be made?’ and ‘Engaging Youth in Cultural Heritage’ to explore the ways in which change happens in ‘heritage’, using instances of Do-It-Yourself Heritage activism to explore connected and networked approaches to change through collaborations between politicians, professionals and communities.
|15.30||Q & A|
|15.45||Refreshments, networking and business displays & stands|
Session E: Future - People Power to Make and Break
|16.15||World Heritage site - good and bad John Rodger, Blaenavon|
|16.30||Crowd Funding Karen Houghton, Ancoats Dispensary
|16.45||Hearth: conservation for the people, by the people, despite the people Karen Latimer
‘Hearth’ a Northern Ireland BPT that provides social housing - speaking about Heritage Benefits for People
|17.00||Q & A|
|17.15||IHBC & Iceni Projects - Thoughts on the day|
7.30pm for Dinner at 7.45 pm
The City's Guildhall dates back to 1721. At one time it was the seat of justice for the city and housed a prison. It was visited in 1788 by King George III who declared it 'a handsome gallery' and presented the city with his portrait to commemorate his visit which can be seen in the Assembly Room. Described by Pevsner as a 'a splendid town hall, as splendid as any of C18 England' it gives visitors an insight into Worcester's rich and varied heritage.
Tour leaves the Halls of Residence at 9.30am, Leaving Dudley with a dropoff at Birmingham New Street Station (3.20pm) returning to Worcester on the coach at 4.30 pm
Town centre regeneration
Originally a market town, Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution and grew into an industrial centre in the 19th century with its coal, iron ore and limestone industries with raw materials locally sourced bringing immense wealth to the owners and significant changes to the locality and its inhabitants.
Following the decline of these primary industries and the relocation of its retail heart to the nearby Merry Hill Shopping Centre in the 1980s, Dudley became significantly impoverished and lost its reputation as the capital of the Black Country.
The Dudley Town Centre Area Development Framework was adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance in December 2005 focusing on local community needs. In 2008, Brierley Hill was designated as the new strategic town centre for the borough necessitating a transformation of the town centre. However with the current tourist attractions of Dudley Zoo, Dudley Castle, the Black Country Living Museum and Canal Basin (c. 600,000 visitors per year) few make it into the historic town. Years of under-investment brings considerable challenges and the authority’s conservation officer will brief delegates about the regeneration objectives.
The Zoo site is located around the historic Castle and is owned by Dudley MBC. The zoo has the world's largest single collection of buildings designed by the Tecton Group led by led by Russian-born Berthold Lubetkin which were granted World Monuments Fund status in 2009
The recent conservation of four of the concrete structures was led by Bryant Priest Newman Architects Ltd of Birmingham. Members of the BPN staff will give delegates a presentation about the project.
The HER Survey ‘Buildings of Worcestershire Project’ is a community project led by the Louisa Davidson of Rock Davidson Associates [RDA] with volunteers from Malvern Civic Society for the Historic Environment Record [HER] database in Worcester. The volunteers have surveyed many buildings from the period up to 1885 over the last two years but many others postdating this 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map were surveyed and described separately by RDA that enabled RDA to put together a Heritage Building Record of locally interested buildings. Most buildings are Victorian Gothic and Classical Italianate but many are buildings from the Edwardian and Arts & Crafts period and the 1920s and 30s/50s and 60s. The battle of the styles and topography creates a problem when deciding on design references for new build in the C21 in the town.
This walking tour in the Great Malvern Conservation Area will look at many of the unlisted buildings included in this Survey that are now on the HER database Worcs Archaeology & Archive and Historic England’s Heritage Gateway but this tour will also include many of the fine listed buildings, e.g. the Priory and Priory Gatehouse found in Great Malvern, starting with the GDII Listed Great Malvern railway station, the starting location of the tour. Great Malvern Worcestershire is a satellite town 8 miles south of the city of Worcester.
Tour Leader: Louisa Davidson MA [Dist]HistEnvCons BA(Hons) ALCM AssocIHBC is a practising part-time freelance Historic Building Conservation Consultant for Rock Davidson Associates (RDA) in the Midlands UK based in Malvern, and is an IHBC W Midlands Branch Member, Assisted by Jacob Rock RDA & Brian Iles Local Malvern Historian.
The walking tour starts at the entrance to St Swithuns Church, in Church Street off the High Street by Superdrug, at 10.00am and finishes in St Nicholas, (the Slug and Lettuce) at 12.30pm.
During the Civil War, which impacted the city over a 9 year period, the city was besieged and occupied three times by the opposing armies. Consequently, the churches suffered artillery damage and ‘borrowing’ for defensive works. Other priorities prevented rebuilding and by the 18th century repopulation the nine city parish churches were dilapidated and unfashionably gothic - four churches were rebuilt in the Georgian style over a 40 year period from 1735.
In recent times, population movement away from the inner city and viability issues have arisen; one remains in parish but two others have become ‘redundant’. The tour will therefore include both an inspection of the buildings and explore sustainable uses.
St. Swithuns Church
The rebuilding was completed in 1736 to a design by the Woodwards of Chipping Camden. Grade 1 listed, it was put out of use and was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust in 1977.
Old St Martins Church
This was the latest of these churches to be rebuilt and it was opened in 1772. Anthony Keck was the architect. In 19th Century the parish was split with a new parish being created in a suburb to the south. The original church was closed and the new church dedicated to St Martin.
A city centre church, the principal parish church of Worcester with a barn-like nave built to suit the fashionable Georgian residential area of Foregate Street, yet with a dwindling and an ageing population it closed in the 1980s and was leased to a brewery.
Tour leader: Will Scott was, for over 25 years, the City’s principal conservation officer. In retirement he became the Chairman of the Friends of St Swithuns which has developed a number of initiatives to care for the church and increase its visitor numbers. The lottery supported restoration of the organ and the current projects have arisen from ideas and pressure from this group.
The tour starts at the Edgar Tower, the entrance to College Green from Edgar Street at 10.00 and returns there to finish by 13.00. It will take almost three hours and will include some stairs.
The modern city centre of Worcester with its commercial bustle stretches northwards from the cathedral for about a mile. In the other direction, and immediately to the south, lies College Green, the cathedral precinct, and a collection of buildings housing The King’s School which occupies most of the houses around College Green – a mixed assortment of nineteenth century villas with fragments of 13th century fabric and grander eighteenth century houses.
The Birmingham practice of Associated Architects (AA) has been working with the school for nearly twenty years. They were involved in developing strategies for a master plan, several small-scale interventions sometimes contrasting with the ‘period’ styles of the host buildings and more recently in substantial additions to the school’s estate - all within the conservation area.
The walking tour aims to explore answers to such questions as “How does it benefit an institution to work consistently with one set of design professionals?” “Why did the school choose to commission such artful buildings?” and “How might designers learn from the environs so as to create such effective interventions?” Because the school will be in operation on the Saturday morning the numbers will be kept strictly limited and the route may be subject to change.
Tour leaders: John Christophers and Galen Bartholomew
Branch assist: John Kirwan